VIGAN CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) - The Department of Education (DepEd)-Division of Vigan City, in partnership with the city government through the City Social Welfare and Development Office, conducted a social responsibility webinar on Saturday, November 28.
This is the culminating activity for the observance of the National Children's Month this year which aims to hone the youth, especially the student leaders of various elementary and secondary schools in the city, as responsible netizens.
In a message, Schools Division Superintendent Gemma Tacuycuy said, "Social media can have an impact on your reputation, personally and professionally. Take into consideration etiquette principles like respect, consideration and honesty."
Be considerate of others, avoid excessive posting - what is private should remain private, Tacuycuy said.
"Be very choosy din kayo on what you post, see to it na maganda ang purpose nya. It should not only be limited to entertaining your audience or followers but it should inspire, convince, persuade or move them into action. Tulad ng mga thoughts nyo sa pagtulong sa Typhoon Ulysses victims, mga magagandang activities or projects sa school ninyo or sa ating city," she said.
She added, "Most importantly, think before you post. All these entail your social responsibility as a netizen."
"We believe and acknowledge that you are capable of making a difference in society with much to contribute especially with your youthful enthusiasm, creativity and optimism. We shall continue empowering and equipping you to look beyond yourselves and to be champions in your own spheres of influence, both now and in the future," she said further.
Over 50 participants attended the webinar which was centered on the responsible use of social media and presented by PIA Ilocos Sur Information Center Manager April Bravo and Ms. Phoebe Yu Adela, owner and managing director at Bright Idea Productions.
By virtue of Republic Act 10661, the National Children's Month in the Philippines commemorates the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989.
It is annually celebrated every November to instill its significance in the Filipino consciousness.
This year's celebration is focused on upholding children's rights during the pandemic like COVID-19, with the theme: "Sama-samang itaguyod ang karapatan ng bawat bata sa panahon ng pandemya!" (JCR/AMB/PIA Ilocos Sur)